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Why These 5 Books Should Be On Your Reading List

 |  By: Sherrie Whatton, President/CEO, Staffing Solutions


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No matter the industry, management executives we work with tell us that finding and retaining top talent is a constant challenge. Our advice: To attract and retain the best of the best, they need to change from their traditional recruiting processes and adopt strategies that will make their company a preferred workplace to top talent of all ages. We’ve identified five books that will help.

1. Hiring for Attitude: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting Star Performers with Both Tremendous Skills and Tremendous Attitude by Mark Murphy

Why we like it:  Attitude is the hiring issue that should demand the most focus. The best skills don’t really matter if the employee’s personality doesn’t match the company’s culture. Almost half of all new hires fail in the first 18 months, not because of lack of talent, but because of attitude. This book provides valuable insights and solid examples from respected companies who are doing it right.  

2. The Talent Edge:  A Behavioral Approach to Hiring, Developing and Keeping Top Performers by David C. Cohen

Why we like it:  Behavioral interviewing has been proven to be two to five times more effective than traditional methods in identifying top candidates. Focusing on a behavioral interviewing strategy, this book uses a step-by-step process to help recruiters and hiring managers understand what top performers do differently and what makes them successful. By discovering these characteristics and adapting their recruiting process to focus on these qualities, companies can improve their chances of choosing the right candidate. 

3. Moneyball: the Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Why we like it:  “Superstars” can be costly to acquire. The good news is you can often achieve even greater success by building a strong team that recognizes the potential of the synergistic talents of individuals, rather than relying on the skills of one “superstar” -- and spend less as a result. Real-life examples from the world of baseball make this an engaging, informative read.

4. Who by Geoff Smartt and Randy Street

Why we like it:  Hiring the wrong person can cost a company fifteen times the employee’s base salary in hard costs and productivity loss. This book highlights proven ways to distinguish between applicants and put the right person in place for success. By focusing on what the candidate wants most and matching that with the company’s needs, goals and culture, hiring managers can effectively hire right the first time.

5.  Keeping the Millennials by Joanne Sujansky and Jan Ferri-Reed

No list of management books would be complete without addressing the issue of millennials in the workplace. This book illustrates the cultural differences in millennial workers and baby boomers. Companies who don’t adjust their cultural and hiring practices to attract and retain millennial workers will face increasing costs related to turnover. Great insight into the millennial worker and what companies must do to attract them.

The knowledge found in these books can be applied to any industry. For more insights and strategies specific to your industry, contact one of our recruiting experts.

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